--- In TMD700A@..., "Benny Miller" <bmiller@...> wrote:
This is Vista. Things are slightly different. To say the least(:-)
... NOTE: the side USB port (hub) on a Laptop is not the same USB hub as the rear ports usually.This is on the verge of being over my head, but I'm willing to speculate...
I know what a USB hub is, I have an exernal one. It is safe to assume they are used internally in the computer, rather than committing one I/O space address to each physical USB port. That's reasonable.
... plug it in manually in a certain order ...Plug it in manually? Do you mean to plug it in to the same physical USB port every time?
In windows, pull up the START->CONTROL PANEL->SYSTEM->HARDWARE MANAGER and expand PORTS.[[ I've had my nose pretty deep into various parts of this OS over the last month, getting it set up the way I want it.]]
It's called "Device Manager" in Vista and there are no "Ports" unless you add(install) them into Device Manager. I assume this is installing a driver (from cabinet file), which isn't needed without a real Serial port.
The HELP sort of implies that these are only for hardware serial ports - none here.
Perhaps one "Port" will appear (in Device Manager) when the adapter is plugged in, but the Device Manager instructions *seem* to say that the "Ports" category is only for Real, RS-232 Serial Ports.
This laptop has 4 USB ports on the sides. I could see that a USB Hub is probably used for internal devices. like the Modem as you say.
The Device Manager shows:
_eight_ USB Universal Host Controllers,
numbered 2934-293C (skip B)
One "USB Composite Device"
_eight _ USB Root Hub"s
The properties of none of these shows anything like a port number.
73, Steve, K9DCI